Presented by The Dallas Morning News

Irving officials and dignitaries broke ground on Whole Foods at the Shops at MacArthur Hills on Nov. 13.

Irving officials and dignitaries broke ground on Whole Foods at the Shops at MacArthur Hills on Nov. 13.

Rick Bidne, president and CEO of the Las Colinas Association, said when he announced the groundbreaking for Whole Foods at a recent neighborhood association meeting, everyone applauded. And as Mayor Beth Van Duyne said, “It seems like decades that we’ve tried to get a store of this caliber in Irving.”

They were two of the speakers at the groundbreaking this morning for the Shops at MacArthur Hills, a complex that will bring Whole Foods, Zoës Kitchen, Pollo Tropical and more to the southwest corner of the MacArthur and Bush Turnpike intersection.

Other speakers included Will Tolliver, managing director of Leon Capital Group; Beth Bowman, president and CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber; Daniela Decell, president and CEO of Las Colinas Medical Center; and Laura Zappi of Whole Foods.

Decell announced she was happy to hear a stoplight will help with traffic and make her hospital more accessible. The hospital sits directly across MacArthur from the planned development.

Zappi said that Whole Foods has 10 stores in the area so far.

“Each store is unique,” she said. “This area has so much to offer. We are excited to be here.”

After the ceremonial shoveling of dirt, guests enjoyed refreshments courtesy of Zoës Kitchen, Starbucks and Corner Bakery. The work has started and completion is scheduled for fall 2016.

Print Friendly